Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Show-Me Showdown Rams Face Chiefs for `State Title'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Show-Me Showdown Rams Face Chiefs for `State Title'

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Last year, the Governor's Cup was found. Saturday night, it will be revived.

And D'Marco Farr would like for all of us to know that it's a big deal: "It's the heavyweight championship of the Midwest," he declared. "It's like a pre-Super Bowl of the Midwest."

OK, maybe Farr - Rams defensive lineman and pro wrestling devotee - was stuck in hype overdrive. But there is some tradition involved.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs played a preseason game for 20 years, beginning in 1968. The winner received a silver trophy symbolic of football supremacy in Missouri.

Before the Cardinals moved to Phoenix in the spring of 1988, the annual game was the highlight of the exhibition season - if there can be such a thing. But when the Cardinals went west, the tradition went into mothballs.

After the Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis last year, talk of a Governor's Cup rebirth began. In October, it was announced in Jefferson City that the game was being reinstituted as "a revival of a friendly athletic rivalry" between professional football teams in Missouri.

For some reason, the last "state championship" was decided in Memphis - the big city in Tennessee, not the small town in northern Missouri. Perhaps that was appropriate: Cards owner Bill Bidwill already was hinting broadly at a move from St. Louis.

The Chiefs won that '87 Governor's Cup game 13-10 in overtime at the Liberty Bowl. That gave them a 13-6-1 edge in the series.

The Chiefs took the trophy back to Kansas City, where it was given a proper place of honor . . .

Uh, well, not exactly.

The trophy wound up on the floor of a press office at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs' public relations director stumbled upon it several years later. It had been shoved into a corner near a back window, and generally neglected.

"I was lucky to have found it," Bob Moore said. …

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